Sunday, November 12, 2017

WEEKLY UPDATE: DOCTORS, MOVIES, ETC.

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 60 Mostly Cloudy with Mist High 72) 

We had quite a week, or should I say doctor wise Bob had quite a week. Bob had his Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test starting bright and early Monday morning swallowing an iodine pill. Then there was a scan in the afternoon and the next morning. The results indicated that a biopsy was needed so that was done on Wednesday. Results will be available next week.

Bob also had his initial consultation with his Gastroenterologist and was scheduled for a colonoscopy also this week. Bob is so looking forward to this 😏

We did see a couple of uplifting movies. First we saw 'Same Kind of Different as Me' which tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between a rich art dealer in Dallas Texas (Ronnie Hall - played by Greg Kinnear) and a homeless man (Denver - played by Djimon Hounsou). 


This is a movie mostly devoid of violence and foul language that seems to be the norm these days. Prompted by his wife (Debbie Hall - played by Renee Zellweger) Ronnie starts volunteering at a homeless mission where he meets Denver. Since it is a true story there are the blemishes of normal life like marital infidelity and racial tensions but they don't dominate the movie like other ones we have seen. Besides the great acting what makes this movie great and one we highly recommend is that it is a true story. Be sure and stay for the credits as we get to see film clips of the real Ronnie and Denver.

The other movie we saw was 'Let There be Light'.



'Let There be Light' is a faith-based film and is truly a family affair for Kevin Sorbo who stars in and directs the film. His wife, Sam Sorbo, was co-writer on the screenplay as well as a producer and plays Kevin Sorbo's character's ex-wife. Their sons also had roles in the film.

Kevin plays a well known atheist who has a near death experience and changes his mind. The movie deals with his path from atheist to believer. This is truly a faith-based movie so the secular Lame Stream Media is going to hate on this movie. If only to give them a single digit salute you should see this movie. 

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, November 4, 2017

RV PARK REVIEW OF BRAUNIG LAKE RV RESORT IN ELMENDORF TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 62 Partly Cloudy Warm and Humid High 82)

We came back to Kerrville on Wednesday. Here is our review of Braunig Lake RV Resort.

Using both of our GPS devices was a nightmare. For some reason we were on one road and then directed off of that road only to get back on the road a short time later. This happened to us twice. Luckily it was a short trip of only 85 miles. We found out that some GPS devices have the park in San Antonio and some in Elmendorf where we were. If the GPS device thinks it is San Antonio for some reason it goes haywire.

We finally did get to the park and the staff was great at checkin. We were directed to a nice long pull-thru with 50a full hookups and a great line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. The hookups were convenient. The sites were a little close together for our liking but luckily nobody was placed in the sites right next to us. This could be a problem during peak periods though. AT&T cellular was come and go.

We did get a chance to have a meal that they offered; smoked brisket with pinto beans, corn, salad, roll and dessert. Don't know about any of the other food offerings but the brisket was really good. All things considered a nice park.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right.


To the left.


From the rear.


We would probably stay here again, especially if it was during the time of year that the park takes Passport America for a discount.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

RIVER WALK IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS

Currently in Elmendorf TX (Low 59 Cloudy, Rain, a Little Cooler High 65) 

Today may be the last cool day for awhile as 80s and even a few 90s are in the forecast for early November.

We went to the River Walk and we can confirm that there is water in the river. The last time we were here in 2010 we did not know about the cleaning schedule and the river bed was dry. 

The River Walk is officially known as the San Antonio River Walk but also known as Paseo del Río. The River Walk is along the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio and is one story beneath the streets. It is lined on both sides by food and drink places and shopping with pedestrian bridges from one side to the other. 

It was a great time at the River Walk. Our first stop was the Visitors Center across from the Alamo.


We got there before it really started getting hot. Here is one of our first views of the River Walk.


Had a great lunch at 'Rita's on the River'. We got a coupon for free queso at the Visitors Center. With chips, salsa and queso we decided to split an order of fish tacos. We had dessert in mind also contributed to splitting a meal - more on that later. 

There were ducks swimming in the river who decided to come ashore.


One of them came to the restaurant to see if we dropped anything. You could tell they were kind of used to people.


We then walked along the River Walk for awhile. Here is a tour boat with the aforementioned pedestrian bridge in the background.


Our destination was Ghiradelli Ice Cream Shop for the world's best hot fudge sundae. 


We can remember back when there were only 2, one in San Francisco and one in Las Vegas. We must have bragged enough about the hot fudge sundae because now there are 23 locations.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, October 26, 2017

HAD TO LEAVE KERRVILLE-SCHREINER RV PARK

Currently in Elmendorf TX (Low 50 Plenty of Sun High 85) 

Not really on the road again as we will only be staying a week at Braunig Lake RV Resort in Elmendorf and then back to Kerrville.


The annual Kerr County Fair is this weekend and the entire park was reserved so we decided add days on both sides of the weekend and be out of the park for a week. We decided on the San Antonio area that although about an hour away we take many trips there for shopping at Costco/Sam's Club and medical stuff we haven't done much sightseeing. We will just be tourists for the week.

So we departed yesterday for Elmendorf Texas, it was approximately 80 miles. This is the route we took.



One thing we are wanting to do is see the Riverwalk when it actually has water 😃 The last time we were here as tourists the Riverwalk was drained for cleaning 🙁

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WEEKLY UPDATE: WEATHER, DOCTORS, TV BRACKET

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 54 Some Rain and a Thunderstorm High 77) 

We remember back to when we were working at this time of the year when we ended up with 3 or 4 coats at work. The time of the year when the weather was just starting to get colder and the overnight temperature and early morning temperature was low enough that you needed a coat. But we were out of the habit having a coat at work so invariably we left the coat and needed another one the next day. We had a couple of those days this week. One night the overnight low was 40 but it got up to 80 during the day. Just another reason why we are thankful we are not working anymore. Besides with limited space we don't have that many coats anymore.

We had a couple of doctor appointments this week. Bob for his thyroid and Jo at the Pain Center. Bob got another sonogram this time done by the doctor himself and a blood draw. He is scheduled for a Radioactive Iodine Uptake test in early November. Depending on the results of that test he may have a fine needle aspiration biopsy.

As home projects go the new TV bracket was fairly successful as it only took a couple of trips to Lowe's to get the right bolts. In last weeks blog we told you about the bolts to connect our existing plate for the telescoping arm to the adapter plates. Because we had to flip the adapter plates so our existing plate would work that screwed up the connection to the TV for the adapter plates so Bob headed off to get new bolts which worked, the TV is now affixed to the telescoping arm and locked in place. Here is the existing bracket with telescoping arm showing the storage behind the TV.



We put the two plates together and attached them to the TV. The darker plate is our existing plate, here it is connected to the adapter plates and the adapter plates bolted to the TV.


For us not a bad project, only a few days and 2 trips to Lowe's 😅

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, October 15, 2017

WEEKLY UPDATE: WEATHER, DOCTORS, NEW PHONES AND TV BRACKET

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 64 Not as warm with a Thunderstorm High 73) 

We are sure you have heard the phrase, if you don't like the weather in [insert place here] just wait 12 hours. Well that applied to Kerrville earlier this week. From a high of 92 to a low of 51 less than 12 hours later we had a couple very nice days before it turned warmer and more humid for the weekend.

More doctor stuff this week with more appointments and flu shots.


We switched from Verizon to AT&T for phones and data getting new Samsung Note 8s and a new HotSpot.


As far as the new TV bracket goes it should be subtitled 'Nothing is standard, Part 2'. The adapter bracket bolts to the existing bracket and then to the TV. They provide nuts and bolts to connect the two but they are too large for the holes on the existing bracket. The existing bolts are too long and would gouge the TV. There is a huge festival in town this weekend which would make parking almost impossible so Bob is heading to the hardware store early this week. We are sensing a Part 3 to the saga :-(

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, October 8, 2017

NOTHING IS STANDARD ON AN RV PLUS DOCTORS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 59 Partly Sunny and Warm High 88)

We found yet another thing that's not standard in our RV. We replaced our 50" Jensen HDTV (1280x720) with a Samsung UHD TV (3840x2160). Since both televisions were the same size we thought the existing articulating bracket would work since both manufacturers claimed VESA standard compliance. Well the Jensen TV had the mounting holes for a 40" TV while the Samsung had the correct mounting holes per the standard for a 50" TV. We setup the new Samsung using the stand so we could watch TV that night and then the next day researched options. We have storage behind the TV so want to keep that type of mounting and the existing bracket if at all possible since a lot of brackets don't lock.

Bob's first thought was to buy another bracket and then have a shop weld the two plates together. His further research found out that we weren't the only one with this problem. There are a lot of adapter plates that instead of welding together you just use the mounting screws.


We should receive the above adapter plates next week, we'll let you know how it works out. 

It was also a week of doctors, for both Bob and Tiger. 


The nodules on Bob's thyroid have gotten larger so he will have a fine needle aspiration biopsy in the next few day, hopefully next week. Tiger had a rough patch this summer so we took her back for blood work. Her kidneys have gotten worse so she is now on meds and special food. She is a very finicky eater so we are wondering how the food will work out.

As mentioned before Sunday is now DVD day, not NFL day. We plan to see 'Fences' and 'For Greater Glory' and some 'Aerial America' episodes. We have been amazed at how good the picture is even on DirecTV and DVDs. We knew we were going to be blown away by the Blu-Ray discs and we have been.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, October 6, 2017

REPORT ON A COUPLE OF MOVIES WE SAW

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 66 Clouds and Sunshine High 85)

Based on the recommendation of Jim and Dee from Tumbleweed we saw 'American Assassin'.


We have read the Mitch Rapp books and really liked them. They picked a good book as it was a prequel to a lot of the earlier Mitch Rapp books. This allows the cast to age if they make more. After this one we think they should. Lots of action and you don't need to have read the books to like the movie. So like Jim and Dee we recommend this movie.

The other movie we want to talk is 'Hacksaw Ridge' which we saw on our Sunday DVD day (instead of Sunday NFL day). Telling the story of Desmond Doss who served in the Army Medical Corp but didn't want to carry a gun. He ended up being the only conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor. A great movie but the true story is even better. In fact a couple of events were omitted from the movie because they were afraid they weren't believable. Hacksaw Ridge was the name given to a cliff that the Army had to climb on Okinawa. The true event omitted from the movie was that Desmond Doss was one of the 3 that climbed the cliff to secure the rope ladders as shown here.


The other event deals with his injury at the end of the movie. Carried on a stretcher to the rope ladder another soldier needed to be lowered first so he gave up his stretcher. While waiting a sniper shot him and shattered his left arm. With a bad arm and the leg damaged by the grenades Desmond climbed down the rope ladder by himself.

Whenever we stand for the National Anthem with our hands over our hearts we think of our dads who served in the Navy, guys like Desmond Doss and all those that didn't come back from war. What makes "Hacksaw Ridge" personal is that two of the ships supporting the invasion of Okinawa were ships that our dads served on.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 29, 2017

BASKERVILLE'S LAWS OF FULL-TIMING

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 67 Cloudy Rain Humid High 74) 

We have spent the last week mostly getting rained on plus a haircut for Jo and a medical test for Bob, that pretty much summarizes it.

Everybody has heard of Murphy's Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong). These are a take on Murphy's Law as they apply to full-time living and traveling in an RV. So with further adieu here are Baskerville's Laws of Full-timing:

If you need to pull off the interstate for an emergency, like one of the lids on the plastic containers in the truck bed have come loose, the exit you choose will not have an easy return to the interstate.

No matter where and when you are hooking up or unhooking you will always be on the sunny side.

No matter how far back into the parking lot you park a 1 ton pickup with very long doors with empty spaces all around someone with will park right next to you.

The safe distance for braking will always be shortened by vehicles darting in front of you

Breeze direction is always from the side where you have the fewest windows 

If you go by the burp method for black tank dumping the first burp will be middle of the night

Propane always runs out in the middle of the night. 

If there is a strong wind it will most likely be a head wind and suck the fuel like you've never seen.

When there is a semi beside you so you can't get over the merging traffic will get into the lane ahead of you and then go 45 mph.

We'll end with Baskerville's Corollary to Murphy's Law - Murphy was an optimist!

Don't get us wrong we really like living full-time in our RV and traveling this great country, it just seems like multiple laws are out to get us. Traveling this great country we get to see sights like this.









Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 22, 2017

GETTING SETTLED IN KERRVILLE TEXAS (AND A FOODIE UPDATE)

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 72 A Thunderstorm in Spots High 89) 

Now that we are in our winter spot, although in mid-September it really doesn't feel like winter yet with the heat and humidity, we will probably be blogging only about once a week. 

Both of us have had our initial appointments with our primary care doctors and Jo had her first appointment at the pain center in Fredericksburg. While in Fredericksburg we had a good foodie experience. We didn't realize that one of our favorites "The Sunset Grille" was closed on Wednesdays so we had to find a place for lunch. We settled on "Jennie's Smoked Burgers and Tornado Fries". Here is a cherry wood smoked double cheeseburger, a footlong beef sirloin hot dog, and their signature tornado fries.


The tornado fries were the hit but the beef hot dog and the smoked burgers were also very good. We've added this to our foodie list "Our Favorite Things! Food by State and City". 

Fredericksburg Texas has come to be known as the Peach Capital of Texas. The fresh peach season ended in August but some of those peaches were used to make wine. We tracked a bottle down and tried it and it has great flavor but high alcohol content so a little goes a long way.



Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, September 16, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO KERRVILLE TEXAS

Currently in Kerrville TX (Low 68 Clouds Giving Way To Some Sun High 93) 

After a week in Chip and Joanna Gaines country, aka Waco Texas, we departed yesterday for our winter location of Kerrville Texas. We are staying at the Kerrville-Schreiner RV Park.


It was approximately 200 miles, a long day for us anymore. This is the route we took.



We have our initial appointments with our doctors next week, who knows where that will lead.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, September 15, 2017

REVIEW OF MIDWAY PARK RV PARK ON LAKE WACO NEAR WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 69 Mostly Sunny and Breezy Currently 68)
Heading to Kerrville TX (Currently 71 Mostly Sunny and Very Warm High 92) 

We have found a really nice park in Waco Texas, Midway Park RV Park on Lake Waco. It is a Corps of Engineers park with 50amp full hookups. Both of our GPS devices brought us right to the park. We reserved and paid in advance so check-in at the kiosk was easy. The roads and site are gravel and big rig friendly. There is a lot of room between sites, which we like. We had a pull-thru and it was long enough for both vehicles. Hookups were fairly convenient. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Verizon 4g and cellphone signal strength was pretty good. There was no free park wifi. The best part of the park though had to be the price. Since it is a COE park our National Parks Senior Pass got us 50% off making the week less than $100.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right, we were at the end of a row.


To the left.


From the rear.


Further from the rear showing the spacing between sites.


We would not hesitate to stay here again as we didn't realize how big Waco was with lots of things to see and do, plus you can't beat the price. We just want to visit when it isn't so dang hot. We don't have any local restaurants to report on for this trip.

We leave today for Kerrville Texas where will be spending the winter.

We'll leave you with one of our beautiful sunsets we had while in Waco over Lake Waco. We will be blogging about these sunsets in the future.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DR. PEPPER MUSEUM IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 67 Mostly Sunny and Hot High 97) 

While in Waco Texas we were also able to visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, located in an abandoned pop plant


If we asked this question, which major soft drink brand (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.) is the oldest? How many would have guessed Dr. Pepper before the obvious blogging plug here?

Dr. Pepper: December 1, 1885 in Waco Texas
Coca-Cola: May 8, 1886
Pepsi: August 28, 1898

All three brands started out as a fountain drink. In Waco Dr. Alderton mixed flavors and flavors until he arrived at the 23 flavors that became Dr. Pepper. Here is a neat animatronic with Dr. Alderton explaining the invention.


Here is the soda fountain where Dr. Pepper was invented, originally just called a 'Waco'.


Dr. Alderton worked at 'The Old Corner Drug Store' owned by Wade Morrison who decided to call the 'Waco' a Dr. Pepper. There were old signs in the museum.



Old vending machines,



including this one from the movie "Thor".


We both like Diet Dr. Pepper and remember at one time it was the best tasting diet pop around, by that we mean it tasted the most like it sugary version. We got the most laughs in the theater that was playing Dr. Pepper commercials. Our like of Diet Dr. Pepper made this a place to visit for us. Maybe it will be for you too.

Here are some other photos from our visit





Don't miss a trip across the courtyard to the gift shop for more exhibits and a soda fountain where you can get a Dr. Pepper fixed like it would have been all those years ago. It was really good.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REPORT ON OUR VISIT TO 'MAGNOLIA MARKET AT THE SILOS' IN WACO TEXAS

Currently in Waco TX (Low 61 Mostly Sunny High 95) 

We visited 'Magnolia Market at The Silos' yesterday and oh what a difference a day or a few hours makes. 


The recommended times are early or late and since it was going to be in the 90s late we opted for early and arrived at 9a. Since the bakery was so busy yesterday Bob dropped Jo off and then went to park.


Parking tip: Bob parked in the free parking lot behind Crossfit on 8th and it was great. The Baptist Church was charging $10 to park in their lot and others were charging also, you can bypass those and get ample free parking nearby. We were right by the food trucks which open up at 11a.



Parlaying their successful TV show 'Fixer Uppers' into a retail bonanza 'Magnolia Market and Gardens at The Silos' turned a down trodden area into a destination, probably the most visited tourist place in Waco. If you watch the TV show this has Joanna written all over it with stuff that she has used, or could use, in decorating the houses.




Joanna got all that and Chip just got a corner.







In addition to decorating items they have their own line of clothing (hats and t-shirts) with their logo or #SHIPLAP or #DEMODAY. They have a great outdoor area and plenty of seating if you want to eat your bakery goods there, we took ours home.




Magnolia Seed and Feed.




The bakery was real good and we may go back again as the stuff we bought didn't last long 😃


Till next time,

Bob and Jo